Chunky pug’s owner hits back at people who accuse her of overfeeding him

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There’s a reason for Archie’s size (Picture: @cartierchloe / Caters News)
Poor old Archie is at the centre of some major body-shaming. The six-year-old pug was held up and called ‘fat’ by his owner in a TikTok video, which has raked in thousands of comments from people laughing at his chunky physique. But there’s a rather sad reason behind Archie’s weight gain.

When he was attacked by a husky in 2018, the pug was left needing surgery on his leg.

After the operation, Archie struggled to walk and spent his days eating and sleeping.

It's certainly unpleasant to take your dog outside when it's snowing or raining, but don't forget that dogs' paws are just as sensitive to heat as human skin.

As a result, he piled on the pounds – and now weighs 9.8kg.

A typical pug weighs around 6.3kg, so that’s quite hefty.

His owner Chloe Brittain, 23, from Cardiff, Wales, said: ‘After the attack, he was left traumatised and didn’t want to go out on walks.

‘If we put his harness on, he would attempt to get it off and he would cry anytime we took him outside.

‘It left him bed-bound and meant he didn’t burn off any of the food we gave him during the day.

‘When we are able to take him on walks, some people say he’s the biggest dog they’ve ever seen!’

Limit treats to training rewards. This is an excellent way to make sure your dog views treats as special rather than expected. It’s also helpful in keeping your pet from becoming overweight or obese. Feed a species-appropriate diet, and partner with a holistic or integrative vet to maintain your pet’s well-being.

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He weighs 9.8kg (Picture: @cartierchloe / Caters News)
While Chloe joked that she wanted a new dog on her TikTok, she has had to clarify that she isn’t neglecting or overfeeding her pet.

Archie is now on a strict diet and exercise routine to lose the weight.

Plus, Chloe claims, a vet has said the pug’s ‘weight isn’t impacting his quality of life in any way.’

‘We try to walk him twice a day and people don’t understand the reasons why he put on all this weight so quickly,’ said Chloe.

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The dog is now on a strict diet (Picture: @cartierchloe / Caters News)

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‘We currently have Archie on a strict, balanced diet with him only having one bowl of food a day and carrots as a snack.

‘Archie was badly injured in the attack and at the time, we didn’t think he was going to make it.

‘I’ve had a lot of people reaching out to me with their tips and tricks for helping an overweight dog and I’m really grateful for that.

‘We take great care of him and are working on helping him lose the weight.’

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